I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Author: Maya Angelou
Copyright 1983 Bantam Books
ISBN: 978-0553279375
Genre: Controversial

Maya Angelou, a famous writer and poet, creates an intriguing memoir of her childhood in the segregated southern state of Arkansas in her novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  Angelou is sent to live with her grandmother after her parents are unable to prosper in California.  She and her older brother Bailey help their wise and respected grandmother tend to the neighborhood store and learn a great deal about being of a different race during such tumultuous times.  After dreaming of being reunited with her mother, Angelou finally gets her wish and relocates to St. Louis to live with her and her new boyfriend.  She quickly realizes that this is not the dream she hoped it would be as her mother’s boyfriend begins to abuse her.  Through what she has learned from living with her strong grandmother, Angelou is able to overcome her struggles and triumph in the worst of circumstances.  Wonderfully written with great style and language, I Know Why the Cages Bird Sings presents readers with a unique perspective of a girl who learns to deal with her past and create her own future.


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